Bilateral asymmetry improved accuracy when assessing glaucomatous vision-related quality of life impairment.

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Summary of "Bilateral asymmetry improved accuracy when assessing glaucomatous vision-related quality of life impairment."

Bilateral asymmetry has been used in optical coherence tomography tests to find early damage to the optic nerve. However, limited studies have quantitatively evaluated bilateral asymmetry in electrophysiological disorders in patients with glaucoma. The aim of the study was to evaluate bilateral asymmetry in pattern visual evoked potentials (PVEPs) and conventional clinical markers as well as its potential use in detecting glaucomatous impairment. After investigating 60 glaucomatous patients (120 eyes) and 65 age and sex-matched normal control subjects (130 eyes) using uni- and multivariable analysis, we found that vision-related quality of life (VRQOL) impairment was significantly associated with larger bilateral asymmetry index (BAI) of clinical markers. Rasch-calibrated National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire-25 scores were significantly associated with the BAI in PVEPs latency in 15 minutes check size (β = -0.478, 95% confidence interval [CI], -0.708 to -0.248, P < .001) and the BAI in visual field mean deviation (β = -0.249, 95% CI, -0.454 to -0.044, P = .018) according to multivariable analysis. Bilateral asymmetry in objective and subjective functional measurements was quantitatively associated with glaucomatous VRQOL impairment. This finding may help bridge the gap in understanding between patients and clinicians, and increase awareness of how glaucomatous neuropathic progression may interfere with patients' daily life.


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Name: Medicine
ISSN: 1536-5964
Pages: e17924


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